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Bang Ye: The Belly-Baring Daddies of Beijing


The L.A. Times does some trendspotting in China:

"From the countryside to sophisticated urban centers such as Beijing, men of all ages, social standing and stomach sizes resort to a public display of skin, a hot-weather fashion faux pas that's the Chinese equivalent of knee-high black socks with shorts. They're known as bang ye, or 'exposing grandfathers'(despite their age range). In the hottest weather, bang ye seem to be everywhere, striding among the tall buildings in Beijing's business district, playing chess in parks, holding children's hands at the zoo and negotiating crowded alleyways. There are precious few washboard abs among the lot. Still, many fail to notice that they're drawing smirks from fashion-conscious passersby. Most just don't care."

(via buzzfeed)

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  1. "Most just don't care." Right on!

    Posted by: Aman Chaudhary | Aug 30, 2010 11:31:19 AM

  2. I can't believe this is on here.

    I've lived in China for about 3 years now, and I can attest to the fact that fat guys with their shots half rolled up is a sure fire way to know that summer has arrived.

    It's hardly a recent trend, but it definitely is one of the quirks of everyday life here.

    Gotta love China.

    Posted by: Michael | Aug 30, 2010 12:02:14 PM

  3. The important question here is why does anyone object to this?

    Posted by: Vlad | Aug 30, 2010 1:56:36 PM

  4. I just got back from nearly three weeks in China and I saw it all over, from young bucks to old guys. It's freaking hot and humid over there, and when I tried rolling up my shirt, I totally got it. Cool the core--who cares??

    Posted by: kingstonguy | Aug 30, 2010 4:58:49 PM

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